|I started quilting when Hannah
was a baby, starting with a baby doll
quilt for her. It’s not very good, but on the other hand, I now
realize that the tiny quilt squares are pretty unusual! So
one of my favorites. It's about 14 inches wide by about 24
|I started this flower quilt,
which hangs in the kitchen, on vacation to
California. Scissors, my rolling cutter, as well as other sewing
supplies were with me on the plane. Now I have to be sure I cut
everything out before boarding! I added the borders after
|I like flags. So I made a flag quilt from a kit. Ric was appalled, however that it only had 12 stars, so I had to reconfigure it for 13 starts.|
A good friend I met through a case painted our house in return for legal work. He liked to fish, so I made him a fishing quilt for Christmas. We were rewarded for efforts of everyone involved at Christmas of 2000 with the safe return of his granddaughter to her Mom. I always silently add the phrase “with my granddaughter” when I look at the quilt, and thank God for victories. My quilting is getting better as well.!
|My sister made an “I spy” quilt
for one of my nephews. Thinking that
his brother needed one of his own, I started a “bug bottle” quilt for
their bedroom wall. Before I finished it, she gave his brother a
Potter quilt, so they got two quilts that year. Beware cheap
batting! The batting sheds right through the black background on
this quilt. It was a huge disappointment. But who
can't have fun figuring out how to piece a cockroach?
|Finally, I have a web page on how the NH DMV stole my license plate without any legal authorization. Yes, they came with GUNS to remove my license plate from my car. And they didn’t even give me a replacement. The full web page is elsewhere, but the quilt about it is right here.|
|After looking at my list of
"UFOs", I realize that quilting can get pretty mixed up. The
arrival of James Malcolm in October of 2004 put most of our quilt
projects on hold for the summer. My brother and sister-in-law
didn't know if James would be a girl or boy, so my sister Beth picked a
kite pattern to decorate the nursery. She did the quilt, and I
did the bumper pads and valance for the curtain. I think it came
out pretty well, and I finished the bumper pads five minutes before
Beth pulled into town for Jame's christening! Plenty of time to
|Here's the valance, which I
I finished two flannel quilts this year (2004). The first I did during the extremely cold winter of January, 2004. I was frozen all the time, so quilting it in the living room in front of the TV was attractive. It's gotten a lot of use during those long nights with insomnia this past year. Lots of quilting and movies taking place in the wee hours at our house. The second one is a dinosaur quilt I promised my newphew when I found out this past summer he was the world's premier saurophile - yep - it means dinosaur lover. We checked with Richard Lederer, who ought to know the correct term. Of course, I decided to go with "dinophile" on the quilt. I figured if it was wrong, at least Carl would get it at age five.
I've come to the conclusion that flannel quilts just aren't terribly photogenic. Both of these are much nicer than they appear on this page. On the other hand, I'm ready for an eye-popping colorful project! Oh wait, the crib bumpers were a colorful project. . . . how quickly we forget.
I haven't done a lot of quilting this year. I've been working on some reenacting projects, and I spent a couple of weeks fixing up my sewing room. I managed to score the MOST amazing 2' x 10' x 1" solid wood / formica surface table top for $10 that just wanted to be a huge sewing table, so it took about a week to rearrange the sewing room to accomodate the new toy. And now I have a set-up with all three of my machines. Ijust used the entire table top to hold the weight of the most recent quilt to put on the binding, and it worked like a charm. No fighting to keep the border under the presser foot, and my binding seam was straighter than just about any quilt I've done.
However, in April, we received an invitation to our friend's surprise 25th anniversary party. (Note: This was just a bit depressing, since these friends are a whole lot younger than we are, but we dealt.) At any rate, having ignored big projects for a while, I was ready for a challenge, so I called their daughter and said, "Let's make them a quilt." They were all for the idea, although I was having second thought when I found out they had a king size bed. However, we managed to set up a "quilting bee" day. Their daughter Bethany, their son's girlfriend Sasha, my daughter Hannah and myself had a huge quilting bee the second weekend in June. We had chosen the pattern, decided on batiks, and I made sure we had enough to keep us busy. I did discover at the last minute that I was about 10 fat quarters short, but we had enough waste that I managed to get the last 10 squares out of the scraps.
I had no intention of quilting a king-size quilt, and our time frame wasn't such that it was even a possibility anyway, so I made arrangements even before the quilting bee to have it quilted locally. I was wildly happy with the results. Hey, let's face it. Machine quilted with a professional quilting machine with a "stitch regulator" just can't compete with a home machine trying to do the job anyway. Uh, I thinK I meant to say the home machine can't compete with the professional, computer-programmed quilting machine. At any rate, it came out great! Even the quilters were impressed that I had three teens working on the project! My hats are off to them. We took a difficult project, and we succeeded in making a great quilt! I picked up the quilt after we got home from vacation on the 23rd of July, and the quilt was bound and had a label by the party on July 31! I'd call that pretty good work. Certainly if you consider the size of the project, it was also my fastest work yet.
The quilt block pattern was from Karla Anderson's book Stack a New Deck. We changed the piecing from curved to straight, and enlarged the blocks.
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